Tesla’s Response To Hurricane Florence: Free Charging, More Battery

SEP 12 2018 BY MARK KANE 32

Tesla lightens the worry of escaping from Hurricane Florence.

Just like in the case of Hurricane Irma in 2017, Tesla tries to support those in the affected area (potential path) of Hurricane Florence before the real impact begins.

Tesla customers in Hurricane Florence’s path will be able to the use Supercharging network for free, while those who have cars with limited battery capacity (60 kWh usable from 75 kWh packs), will get access to full capacity through mid-October for more range.

We just add that Model S and Model X were for some time in the past sold with 75 kWh battery, but limited to 60 kWh, as Tesla wanted to supply cheaper cars, while needed to streamline the production at the factory to less number of pack options. Additional capacity could be unlocked at a price, through over-the-air update.

The news comes from owners on the Carolina coast (via Electrek) who received a message from Tesla:

“We are temporarily enabling your car to access additional battery capacity, as well as free Supercharging, in preparation for Hurrican Florence. We hope this gives you the peace of mind to get to a safe location, and will notify you before returning your car to its original configuration in mid-October. Badging on your display may adjust during this period. Safe travels.”

Source: Electrek

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32 Comments on "Tesla’s Response To Hurricane Florence: Free Charging, More Battery"

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Classy response.

Indeed. With all the issues surrounding delivery and logistics of Model 3, there are a number of upset Tesla customers right now. This is the type of thing that should help all of us see the big picture more clearly and show Tesla some patience.

Wouldn’t free charging result in more lines at Supercharger stations — the opposite of what you’d want in an emergency?

There were no long lines the last time, so why expect them this time?

IDK why some folks voted this down. To my mind, your logic is absolutely flawless.

The other part of it, enabling the full use of the battery pack, is potentially useful though – and might reduce the need for fast charging. (I hate this type of segmenting – crippling hardware in software – but that is another matter.)

Legacy car manufacturers have been doing that for years with different performance output vehicles only decided upon the ECU software map and no real hardware changes. I see nothing wrong with it. It’s very clear what people are paying for. If anything, it gives the consumer more choice.

It’s a hurricane evacuation so you will basically be stuck in traffic for one or two days. Most will top off regardless of cost. How many Teslas in the Carolinas are paying for electricity at Superchargers? Maybe a few hundred Model 3s, maybe a lot less.

Software limited batteries allow Tesla to restore full battery capacity on certified used cars at no cost to Tesla.

No. These are people evacuating not going to work or just driving around. You are to charge at home and then when you run out of juice in your way out stop at the Supercharger and charge. You will stop at the Supercharger anyway so why not make it free during these hard times….that is the logic behind it.

Obviously if someone wants to find something wrong with clearly a good deed, they will always do … just the world we live in these everyone-has-a-phone-and-opinion times.

Gas stations to provide free gas in response to Hurricane Florence.

Only kidding you didn’t really believe that.

Well put!

Long queues at gas stations and many ran out of juice. The 2 biggest cons with ev became pro. How ironic

PR disaster from cars stranded without grid power potentially avoided: or at least mitigated. That’s not something you typically see with ICE vehicles.

I was shocked how quickly my part of Houston ran out of gas during Harvey. What had happened was that it had become an island cut off from the rest of the city and its highways. Of course Houstonians didn’t try to evacuate because we still remember the nightmares when people had attempted that ten years ago.

With huricane Irma evacuation, many gas stations ran out of fuel. Most evacuees carried multiple plastic containers with them. Walmarts were out of plastic gas cans for about a month.

What do you think happens to gasoline pumps when the power goes out?

Thinking is not something he likes doing often… Please stop with the impertinent questions.

First of all, he would have to think and obviously that is hard for him.

The back-up power generator would start.

Gas generators 🙂
We are going in circles….

In Florida we have gas stations that have now mandatory diesel generators for hurricane evacuations.

Nothing like 7 pretend electrics to try and negatively spin anything Tesla does to help people.

No doubt he similarly whined and snivelled when Musk prioritized Powerwalls to Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria to help their rebuilding and preparing for future disasters.

Hopefully there is a special place in hell set aside for people like this.

Hey pretend electric,

When hurricane Sandy hit all the gas stations were dry and the debris and damaged roadways kept gas trucks from getting into most of the coastal areas for over a week. It only took 2 days for the electrical service to come back up. That means there were people able to drive their electric cars while those waiting for gas couldn’t for another 5 days. Even after the trucks came in the gas was rationed at around 2 gallons per person with incredibly long waits. All the while those with electric cars got to skip all of this and were gassing up at home.

You make a lot of uneducated comments but this has to be one of the top 10.

Just like it was stated before when the power goes out so does the gas pumps.

Would anyone know if there was a connection that would allow someone to plug in their house into a 75 or 100 kilowatt Tesla?

If Tesla adds solar roofs that are able to with stand the storm then Tesla could in theory give out power to cars while the gas stations supply lines are in ruins.

There is no V2G on Tesla but you can use the 12v battery to get power just as you would on any ice car.
What you are talking about currently exists, you don’t need solar roofs….panels + storage is enough ….and islanding capability of the system…then you will be able to drive without a functional grid to charge from. Not cheap at this time….

M3 Owned- Niro EV TBD - Former 500e and Spark EV,

This. Nissan and Honda can do it. I have a Powerwall and would kill for an adaptor to string our Model 3 to it for such an issue. Makes zero sense to not allow for that to a Powerwall. But I know, once Tesla allows bidirection on their vehicles, their Powerwall sales will be slashed.

It’s not about that, it’s about the warranty on the car battery. You will be adding lots of extra cycles on that.

It’s also about going to a SC and charging up for free then coming home and running your house on Tesla’s dime.

Battening down the hatches, I’m in the path! Luckily, I’m at 288 feet and not in a flood zone.

Good luck, man! Stay safe!

Good luck man!

A year ago, I was in the path of Harvey. Glad I had a PHEV full of both fuels and nearly 600 miles range.

Another thing to add to the prepared list: flat repair items. Lot’s of potential tire hazards in the aftermath.